Erin Schmitz, Curator of Collections and Archives, joined the Museums of Western Colorado in May 2105, bringing to the Museum her expertise in archives and archaeology. With two undergraduate degrees – a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Anthropology from Metropolitan State College in Denver – as well as a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University, Schmitz was a perfect match for the sought-after position to run the Loyd Files Research Library. It is here that Schmitz has the important task of overseeing Grand Junction’s regional culture and natural history which are preserved through a variety of primary sources including photographs, one-of-a-kind manuscripts, maps, city directories, high school annuals, and rare books. In addition, Schmitz oversees the Museum partner with the Mesa County Public Library on the Mesa County Oral History digitization project, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) collection of archives. She also serves as registrar and PastPerfect database administrator, and leads the American Alliance of Museums reaccreditation.
A Colorado native, Schmitz worked previously for History Colorado and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Her history background is in Anglo-Saxon England and she also reads Old English. When she’s not at the Museum, Schmitz can be found spending time with her husband, daughter and two Dobermans.